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      Kirsten Vangsness

      Kirsten Vangsness

      Highest Rated: 86% Dave Made a Maze (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 13% In My Sleep (2009)

      Birthday: Jul 7, 1972

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Many who discovered Kirsten Vangsness from her colorfully iconic character on the series "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005-) may find it hard to believe that the boisterous actor was once extremely shy. Vangsness was in eighth grade when her mother persuaded her to take a drama class. Much to her own surprise, she excelled at it, helping her to become more outgoing and expressive. She would continue to act in school plays and local theater, eventually graduating from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in theater. The California native then began appearing with Los Angeles theater troupes, developing a particularly strong relationship with L.A.'s Theatre of NOTE. She would also pursue a TV and film career, making her first paid on-screen appearance in a Dr. Pepper ad. Vangsness was cast on "Criminal Minds" as iconoclastic tech genius Penelope Garcia in 2005. By the next year, she was promoted to series regular, taking home the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award for Best Emerging Comedic Actress. She would continue to act on stage, however, winning acclaim for her performance in Neil Labute's "Fat Pig" at the Geffen Playhouse in 2007, and staging a one-woman-show entitled "Mess" in 2011. Vangsness also proved herself as a writer, publishing articles in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

      Highest rated movies

      86% Dave Made a Maze
      13% In My Sleep

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      Kirsten Vangsness Criminal Minds, Erica Messer (L), Kirsten Vangsness (C), Rick Dunkle (R), 'Burn', Season 10, Ep. #2, 10/08/2014, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness, 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness, 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness (L), Erica Messer (R), 'Season 9', 09/25/2013, ©CBS Criminal Minds, from left: Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, Cade Owens, Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, 'A Family Affair', Season 7, Ep. #16, 02/29/2012, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness (L), Jeanne Tripplehorn (R), 'Season 8', 09/26/2012, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Matthew Gray Gubler (L), Kirsten Vangsness (C), Shemar Moore (R), 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness, 'Inner Beauty', Season 11, Ep. #20, 04/13/2016, ©KSITE Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness, 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness, 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, from left: Joe Mantegna, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Shemar Moore, 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, from left: Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Shemar Moore, 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Matthew Gray Gubler (L), Shemar Moore (C), Kirsten Vangsness (R), 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, from left: Kirsten Vangsness, Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Paget Brewster, Thomas Gibson, 'Profiling 101', Season 7, Ep. #22, 05/09/2012, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness, 09/22/2005, ©AETV Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness, 09/22/2005, ©AETV DAVE MADE A MAZE, FROM LEFT: KAMILLA ALNES, RICK OVERTON, DREW KNIGGA, KIRSTEN VANGSNESS, TIMOTHY NORDWIND, STEPHANIE ALLYNNE, 2017./© GRAVITAS VENTURES Criminal Minds, Thomas Gibson (L), Kirsten Vangsness (C), Joe Mantegna (R), 09/22/2005, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Thomas Gibson (L), Kirsten Vangsness (R), 'Hashtag', Season 10, Ep. #7, 11/12/2014, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amish Stud: The Eli Weaver Story Barb Raber (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stuck Sunny (Character) - 2019
      86% 70% Dave Made a Maze Jane (Character) $13.2K 2017
      No Score Yet 64% Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Fawn (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 100% Kill Me, Deadly! Mona Livingston (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $19.1K 2015
      13% 33% In My Sleep Madge (Character) $28.8K 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tranny McGuyver TV news reporter (Character) - 2008

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Penelope Garcia (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star),
      Writer
      2005-2020 2022-2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011 2014 2018 2020
      25% 47% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Garcia (Guest Star) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Steampunk'd Judge 2015
      42% 28% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour Penelope Garcia (Character) 2011